Isle of Wight News

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How do you define ‘a small fire’? Read Wightlink’s version after ferry fire

small fire

Yesterday Wightlink chose to describe the fire on board the St Faith car ferry as 'small'. Anyone who's seen the photos of the fire might well question that description. We did, so we asked Wightlink to define 'a small fire' - here's what they told OnTheWight.

Friday, 20th January, 2017 12:54pm

By Sally Perry with 32 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Council’s new Executive revealed in full

New executive

It looks like the rumours we published were right. Here's the full list of the now-expanded Executive of the Isle of Wight council, following Conservative Dave Stewart being voted in as Leader this week.

Friday, 20th January, 2017 11:14am

By IW Council Press Office with 98 readers' comments

Extension granted to UKOG drilling licence on the Isle of Wight


UKOG say their drilling on the Island is intended to cause zero hazards to any groundwater as they will employ the same drilling practices used by the water supply industry to drill drinking-water abstraction wells.

Thursday, 19th January, 2017 4:05pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Rise in Isle of Wight drink and drug driving offences in December

Police talking to drivers:

There was a rise in the number of drink or drug driving arrests not only on the Isle of Wight, but also across Hampshire.

Thursday, 19th January, 2017 3:25pm

By Hampshire Constabulary with 5 readers' comments

Group leaders react to new Leader of the Isle of Wight council (video)

Taking notes

Various group leaders of Isle of Wight councillors respond to the new Leadership by Conservative, Dave Stewart. See what they have to say and watch Cllr Stewart make his first statement as leader.

Thursday, 19th January, 2017 12:39pm

By Sally Perry with 26 readers' comments

Fire breaks out on Isle of Wight ferry (update 3)

Fire engines

Wightlink ferry company claim it was a "small fire", saying it extinguished by the crew within minutes and no one was injured.

Thursday, 19th January, 2017 11:01am

By Sally Perry

Island Independents appoint new Group Leader

County Hall and Julia Baker Smith

The new group leader for the Island Independents says they will "remain committed to putting People Before Politics as we work to support our wards and the wider Island".

Thursday, 19th January, 2017 10:17am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 16 readers' comments

The Isle of Wight council now has a new leader

Empty chair

Following the resignation of Island Independent, Jonathan Bacon, earlier in the week, members of the full council tonight voted in a new leader.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 7:00pm

By Sally Perry with 30 readers' comments

Who will be the next Leader of the Isle of Wight council? Live coverage


Catch up on the live coverage of the lively full council meeting.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 5:12pm

By Sally Perry with 35 readers' comments

Explained: What happens if the new leader is not an Island Independent?

question mark street sculpture

Wondering what might happen to the Isle of Wight council if someone other than an Island Independent is elected as Leader tonight? OnTheWight has been seeking answers.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 5:12pm

By Sally Perry

PCC and chief constable lead fight for overdue national police funding

PCC and CC

Hampshire and Isle of Wight residents are losing out by £44.8m compared to other areas. Ministers can act now to stop services being at risk in the future say PCC and Chief Constable.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 4:11pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Positive turnaround for Miss Isle’s insurance claim ‘thanks to the intervention of OnTheWight’

natasha lambert

The family of inspirational Isle of Wight teenager, Natasha Lambert, had really been given the runaround by their insurance company after a car crashed into their parked vehicle and it was written off. Happily OnTheWight's intervention has led to an extremely positive outcome.

Wednesday, 18th January, 2017 3:48pm

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments